Friday, January 11, 2008

Where's the Fanfare?

This AlterNet article does a good job of saying something I've seen a little bit of: Why doesn't anyone care that a woman won the primary?

Here are the facts (from the article):

It turns out Hillary may have the more "historic" win -- if race and gender "firsts" are the yardstick. Technically, Shirley Chisholm takes both "firsts" with a New Jersey primary win in 1972. And Jesse Jackson won five primaries and caucuses in 1984 -- including Virginia, Louisiana and D.C.

On closer inspection, according to Allan Lichtman, professor of history at American University, Chisholm actually won a "nonbinding preference, where no delegates were awarded" against ex-Gov. Terry Sanford. Humphrey, McGovern and Muskie did not compete. As Lichtman put it, "This is the first time in American history a woman won a major contested presidential primary." At the very least, the first time in 36 years a woman had won a primary.
We all know why no one cares. She's not someone you particularly want to be happy for. I know that's a big statement, but that's how I feel. She makes it hard, because she's SUCH a politician. Her speech after her win was wonderful. I'd love to believe that she had "found her voice." But it's gonna take some more convincing for me.

I gotta admit though, a small part of me was extremely excited that this barrier has been broken.

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